Alchemy As Autobiography

Day 1 of two alchemy events with presenter Janet Muff, MSN, RN

October 16, 2020 – Friday

Wine & Cheese: We will have a lovely reception in the Atrium with drinks and appetizers.

Each alchemical manuscript represents a particular individual’s intimate conversation with Nature in all its many forms – Mother Nature, human nature, his or her own nature, and the nature of situations and circumstances. The ideas of alchemy and the images from alchemical manuscripts have always seemed obscure, confusing, and often irrelevant to contemporary life. That will all be changed in this presentation. Ms. Muff will describe the principles of alchemy and the alchemical process presented in the manuscript Atalanta Fugiens, which she has studied and personally conversed with for 20 years. She will describe the ways in which this manuscript helped her find meaning in her life and analytic work, and how it can help others in similar ways.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

2 CEs
Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the parallels between alchemical and psychological dynamics; and
  • Recognize the initiatory role of Eros and Enmity in alchemical and psychological dynamics.

DATE & TIME

FRIDAY, OCT 16, 2020
7:30 – 9:30 pm

Sign-in
7:00 p.m.

PRICE

Friday Workshop Only
$50

Friday Workshop + 2 CEs
$56
(CEs $3 each)

LOCATION

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1100 SE 17th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33316

Register

Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 at 5:00pm

The Fundamentals of Alchemy

Day 2 of two alchemy events with presenter Janet Muff, MSN, RN

October 17, 2020 – Saturday

Tea and coffee will be served in the meeting room during the morning sign-up. *Lunch Buffet* is included!

Early alchemists viewed themselves in the tradition of ancient philosophers. They longed to understand Nature in its many expressions – material and spiritual – including human nature and human predicaments. They worked phenomenologically, observing the reactions that took place in their alchemical retorts and also in themselves, realizing that what was happening in their laboratories corresponded with what was happening in their lives. They saw that they themselves were alchemical vessels. Through difficulty and suffering, eros and enmity, their own metals were being tortured; change was wrought in their psychological and physical ways of being.

Analyst James Hillman says, “Alchemy is a prolonged witness to mad men at work upon themselves.” Ms. Muff’s suggests that we have much to learn from these pioneers in the field of human dynamics. The proper study of alchemy is experiential, not academic: we can find wisdom in the ashes of our own life experiences.

As an ongoing conversation with the collective unconscious, Ms. Muff will explore ideas that informed alchemy, the alchemical imagination and its value, both for one’s personal lives and clinical work. She will elaborate on the first series of emblems from the Atalanta Fugiens to demonstrate the ways in which alchemy may help us understand our selves, our patients, and the fatefulness of the human condition as well as how the events of our lives can help us to better understand the complex and elusive ideas of alchemy.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

6 CEs 
Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the parallels between alchemical/elemental reactions and human emotional and physical responses;
  • Integrate the alchemical maxim “As Above, So Below” with the psychological emergence of spiritual and instinctual forces;
  • Relate the alchemical principle of “Correspondences” to Jung’s ideas of the Collective Unconscious and Synchronicity;
  • Critique the alchemical principle of “Celestial Agriculture” as it connects to the seeds that are sown in a human life – through biological inheritance, circumstance and fate;
  • Compare how psychology and alchemy understand and approach human nature and human dilemmas; and
  • Assess the relevance of alchemical principles and mythological metaphors for psychological work.

DATE & TIME

SATURDAY, OCT 17, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sign-in
9:30 am

PRICE

Saturday Workshop Only
$100

Saturday Workshop + 6 CEs
$118
(CEs $3 each)

LOCATION

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1100 SE 17th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33316

Register

Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 at 5:00pm

ABOUT OUR

Presenter

Headshot of Janet Muff, MSN, RN, Jungian Analyst

Janet Muff, MSN, RN, Jungian Analyst

Janet Muff is a senior analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has been studying the Atalanta Fugiens for more than twenty years. Through the two-way “conversation” that has developed during that time, the events in her life have brought understanding and meaning to this alchemical manuscript and, in return, the manuscript has brought understanding and meaning to her life and analytic work.

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